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Faculty Accomplishments - March 2014

Lisa Anne Auerbach, assistant professor of art, has work included in the Whitney Biennial (7 March – 25 May), had a solo exhibition at Gavlak Gallery 31 January - 15 March, and presented the event “Art in the Age of Aquarius,” which included psychic readings, a labyrinth, tarot readings, soundtrack and video projections, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City on 21 March.

Alan Barr, professor of Chinese, had two translated articles for Yu Hua appear in The New York Times: "The Censorship Pendulum" on 5 February and "China's Struggle to Forget" on 17 March. He was a discussant for a panel on "Stories in Transit: Women's Lives in Inter-Textual and Inter-Cultural Spaces of Late Imperial China and Beyond" at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Philadelphia on 27-30 March.

Colin Beck, assistant professor of sociology, published a study of the Arab Spring titled “Reflections on the Revolutionary Wave in 2011" in Theory and Society 43:2, pp. 197-223.

Gayle Blankenburg, lecturer in applied music, completed a 12-day concert/teaching tour in China in March, including performances and master classes at Xiamen University, The Zhejiang University Academy of Art, the Shanghai Conservatory, Dezhou University, Qilu Normal University, and Liaocheng University, where she was ceremoniously presented with a document declaring her to be an “Honorary Faculty Member for Life."

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics and international relations, participated in a workshop on “Transitional Justice in the Middle East” at the Georgetown University Doha Campus in Doha, Qatar, on 16 February; participated in Hollings Center Dialogue on “Higher Education in Libya” on 16 March; and spoke on “Libya, the Arab Spring and U.S. Policy” at Wesleyan University on 10 February and the University of Groningen, Netherlands, on 18 March. He published “Comparing Western Democratic Leverage: From Tirana to Tripoli” in Croatian Political Science Review 50:5.

Ralph Bolton ‘61, professor of anthropology, organized and chaired a symposium,  "Applied Anthropology in the Andes in the 21st Century," at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 18-22 March. In the session, he also presented a paper, "Educating Rural Youth in Highland Peru: The Scholarship Program of The Chijnaya Foundation.” In addition, he was a panelist in a session on "Bridging Academic and Community Divides in Human Sexuality Research and Teaching."

Pam Bromley, assistant director of college writing and assistant professor of politics and international relations, presented on “Writing Centers and Metacognitive Awareness of Writing Acquisition: A Cross-Institutional, Mixed Methods Study of Knowledge Transfer and Identity” with Kara Northway (Kansas State University) and Eliana Schonberg (University of Denver) at the Writing Research Across Borders III conference at the University of Paris, Nanterre, on 19 February.

Susana Chávez-Silverman, professor of Spanish and Latin American studies, presented the talk “Lecturas del Sur: Los Angeles/S. Africa/Buenos Aires,” at a panel she organized for the conference Queering Paradigms V: Queering Narratives of Modernity at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales FLACSO in Quito, Ecuador, on 21 February. She gave a public reading and Q&A on "Pertenencia: the theory and practice of belonging" at Kaleidoscope 2014, the 10th annual conference of the Graduate Students of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on 8 March. Also at UW-Madison, she spoke as an invited author on “Morada Misteriosa/Living with the Question:  A Bilingual Reading" on 11 March. She performed a public reading as an invited author at the Cardinal Bar in Madison, Wisconsin, on 11 March.

Nicki Lisa Cole, lecturer in sociology, published "Critiquing culture from the sidelines: a conversation about football, ethics, and collective action," with Jenny Dyck Brian and Mary-Ingram Waters, in Culture in Conversation. Cole co-authored "The problem with fair trade coffee" [pdf]  [pdf] with Keith Brown, which was published in the American Sociological Association's Contexts 13:1, pp. 50-55.

Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck professor and chair of English, wrote Gang of Four: Entertainment! (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2014) for the 33-1/3 book series on specific music albums. He wrote "Dead Poets Society Is a Terrible Defense of the Humanities" for The Atlantic website on 19 February, and "There Must Be Some Misunderstanding," an adaptation from Gang of Four: Entertainment!, for The Chronicle of Higher Education on 17 March.

Stephen Erickson, professor of philosophy and the E. Wilson Lyon Professor of Humanities, had "Posthumanism, Technology, and Education" published in Existenz, An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts 8:2, pp. 40-46. A Spanish translation of "The Philosophy of History in Hegel, Heidegger, and Jaspers," (originally published in Existenz 1:1-2) was published on the Venezuelan blog Estudios sobre la filosofia de Karl Jaspers on 6 March; and his review of The Axial Age and Its Consequences (Harvard University Press, 2012) was included in Oxford Journal’s Journal of Church and State 56:1 on 26 March.

Steven Fiedler, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, published the article “Interaction of Helium Rydberg State Atoms with Superfluid Helium” (with S. L. Fiedler and J. Eloranta) in the Journal of Low Temperature Physics 174, pp. 269-283.

Erica Flapan, Lingurn H. Burkhead professor of mathematics, published “Classification of Topological Symmetry Groups of K_n” (with B. Mellor, R. Naimi, and M. Yoshizawa ’07) in Topology Proceedings 43, pp. 209-233.

Peter Flueckiger, associate professor of Japanese, delivered the talk "Emotionalism and Social Harmony in Mid-Tokugawa Literary Thought" at the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University on 28 February.

Robert Gaines, associate professor and chair of geology, and colleagues published "A new phyllopod bed-like assemblage from the Burgess Shale of the Canadian Rockies" in Nature Communications 5, describing one of the most important fossil localities to be discovered in decades. The paper was featured in news outlets around the world, and Gaines was interviewed by Canadian Public Radio for the program "Quirks and Quarks" on 15 February.

Stephan Garcia, associate professor of mathematics, gave a talk on “Supercharacters and Their Superpowers” at the Claremont Colleges Mathematics Colloquium on 29 January; a presentation on “Quotient Sets” at the Claremont Colleges Algebra, Number Theory, and Combinatorics Seminar on 11 February; and a Math Club Talk on the same subject at California State University, Los Angeles, on 19 February. He spoke at the University of Utah Representation Theory Seminar on 28 February on "Supercharacters and their super powers," and published “Two remarks about nilpotent operators of order two" (with Bob Lutz '13 and Dan Timotin) in Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 142, pp. 1749-1756.

Roberto Garza-Lopez, professor and chair of chemistry, published “Lattice statistical theory of random walks on a fractal-like geometry” in Physical Reviews E 89.

Eric Grosfils, Minnie B. Cairns Memorial Professor of Geology presented twice at the 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston on 18 March: With Jack Albright '16, Peter Ferrin '14, John Baxter '08, and Patrick McGovern (LPI), Grosfils presented "Using mapping-derived quantitative strain estimates to test uplift versus dike emplacement models for giant radial lineament system formation on Venus,” and with Carleton University colleagues, he presented “Identifying cryptic magmatic centers in the Galindo region of Venus by mapping graben-fissure systems.”

Jesse Harris, assistant professor of linguistics and cognitive science, delivered an invited colloquium talk, "Processing focus sensitive-coordination," to the UCLA Linguistics Department on 7 February. He published the invited paper "Who Else But Sarah?" in the festschrift Connectedness: Papers in Celebration of Sarah VanWagenen, ed. by Carson Schultze and Linnaea Stockall. At the 27th annual

 CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference, held at Ohio State University, 13-15 March, he presented the talk “The local contrast expectation in let alone coordination” and the poster “Focus preferences for focus-sensitive particles (and why),” both with Katy Carlson (Morehead State University), and the poster “Shifting viewpoints and discourse economy.”

Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, gave the Special Core Math and Philosophy Convocation on titled "Can Zombies Do Math?: Humanism as a Philosophy of Mathematics" at Concordia University in Irvine on 17 February. She received a $21,996 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities under the "Enduring Questions" funding program, which allows faculty members to develop a new undergraduate course that grapples with a fundamental question addressed by the humanities. With NEH support, Karaali will develop and teach a new course on the purposes of education. She also gave a talk on “Defining humanistic mathematics through personal experience" at the Fields Institute Math Education Forum meeting "Teaching, Learning, Living Mathematics Humanistically" on 29 March.

Nina Karnovsky, associate professor of biology, co-authored the paper "Weak population genetic differentiation in the most numerous Arctic seabird, the little auk" in Polar Biology (January 2014).  

Benjamin Keim, assistant professor in classics, delivered an invited lecture, "Honor and the 'Other' in Herodotus'Histories,” for the Duke University Department of Classical Studies on 26 February. He has been awarded a 2014-15 fellowship by the Loeb Classical Library Foundation at Harvard University for research on his book City of Honor: The Politics of Honor in Democratic Athens.

Jade Star Lackey, associate professor of geology, co-authored the paper "Magmatic lulls in the Sierra Nevada captured in zircon from rhyolite of the Mineral King pendant, California" in Geosphere 10:1, pp. 66-79, with colleagues from Denison University.

Rachel Levin, associate professor of biology and neuroscience, gave a talk titled “Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and the Prenatal Androgen Theory: Re-evaluating definitions, cognitive tests and somatic markers” at the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in Bangkok on 17 February. The talk was co-authored by Kristen Raphel '11, Jennifer Franks '12, Alexis Takahashi '13 and Zach Schudson '13.

April Mayes, associate professor of history, published her new book, The Mulatto Republic: Class, Race, and Dominican National Identity (University Press of Florida, 2014).

Char Miller, director and W.M. Keck professor of environmental analysis, published the foreward to the fifth edition of Roderick Frazier Nash, Wilderness and the American Mind (Yale University Press, 2014), pp. vii-xv. He was elected Fellow of the Forest History Society for March 2014, and was awarded the inaugural Public Outreach Service Award by the American Society for Environmental History, for his blog Golden Green, hosted on

Nivia Montenegro, professor of Spanish and Latin American studies, co-edited and wrote a critical introduction forLibro de Arenas (Ediciones del Equilibrista, 2014) with Enrico Mario Santi (University of Kentucky). The book gathers together diverse unpublished prose writings by gay Cuban dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas (1943-1990), known for, among other things, his autobiography Before Night Falls.

Cameron Munter, professor of practice in international relations and politics, gave presentations on "The Future of U.S. Diplomacy" to representatives of the Czech Parliament (hosted by speaker Jan Hamacek) and representatives of the Office of the President of the Czech Republic (hosted by national security advisor Hynek Kmonicek) on 11 February; a speech on "Prospects for Pakistan after 2014" at the Pacific Club in Orange County on 19 February; a panel discussion of "The Future of Drone Warfare" at the McCain Institute at Arizona State University on 20 February, hosted by Senator John McCain; and a presentation on 25 February to judicial experts (federal judges and JAGs) on "Legal Challenges in Diplomacy: The Raymond Davis Case in Pakistan, 2011."

Gilda Ochoa, professor of sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, presented on her latest book, Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans, and the Achievement Gap, at La Casa Azul Bookstore in East Harlem, New York, on 14 March; led two workshops on "Abolishing Academic Profiling: White Privilege and White Supremacy in Our Schools" at the 15th Annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, on 26 March; and had Academic Profiling discussed at the Pacific Sociological Meetings in Portland, Oregon, at an Author Meets Critics Session on 28 March.

Dan O’Leary, professor of chemistry, gave an invited lecture "On the role of entropy and enthalpy in conformational isotope effects" at the Gordon Conference on Isotopes in Biological and Chemical Sciences in Galveston, Texas, on 4 February.

Sara Olson, assistant professor of biology, was awarded a $50,000 Cottrell College Science Award by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement for a two-year study with six students to investigate the biosynthesis of glycoconjugates required for early embryonic development in nematodes.

Adam Pearson, assistant professor of psychology, chaired the "The sociality of sustainability: How (and (when) groups impact environmental cognition and behavior" symposium at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Austin, Texas, on 15 February, where he also presented the following papers in two talks: "Does Green = White? Race and the face of environmentalism" and "Motivational mindsets in intergroup interaction: The role of perceived anxiety in contact avoidance." He also was the chair and co-organizer with Jenessa Shapiro, UCLA, of the 28th annual Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology at Claremont Graduate University on 1 March. This year's symposium was on "Diversity science: Emerging perspectives for the 21st century." On 17 March, Pearson gave an invited talk on "Dyadic diversity science: How interpersonal interactions shape intergroup relations" at San Diego State University's Department of Psychology. Pearson was awarded the 2014 Social Psychology Network "Action Teaching Award" for "Action Writing: Using Op-Eds to Advance Public Understanding of Psychological Science," wherein he has students identify a psychology-related puzzle (e.g., Why are U.S. obesity rates increasing?), examine relevant research evidence, write a science-based opinion piece of 750 words or less, and submit them to publications.

Leonard Pronko, professor of theatre, spoke to the Curtain Raisers of Claremont on "Kabuki at Pomona College" on 30 January. He spoke on "The Classic French Theatre" to the Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley at Claremont's Joslyn Center on 10 February. On 26 February, he spoke to the Scripps Fine Arts Foundation on "Moliere's Tartuffe" and presented scenes from the play by actors in his production, which ran 6-9 March at Pomona's Seaver Theatre.

Hans Rindisbacher, professor of German, gave an invited guest lecture/colloquium on "The Odor of Repression: Fascist Smellscapes" at UC Irvine on 10 February. The lecture addressed topics from femininity and gender roles to consumer culture, rationing, the stench of war, and the Holocaust. He gave an invited guest lecture on "Switzerland and/in Europe: What Do the Swiss Want?" at Lewis & Clark College’s Politics Department in Portland, Oregon, on 18 March.

Dara Rossman Regaignon, director of college writing and associate professor of English, presented research on "The WPA Census: Gathering National Data for Local Change" at the international Writing Research Across Borders conference at l'Universite de Paris-Ouest in Paris on 21 February.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor emerita of French, presented a PowerPoint for Le Salon Francais in Los Angeles on "Le pass d'une enfant cache et ses interviews avec des Resistantes pendant la 2e guerre" on 18 February. On 20 February, she spoke on "Reclaiming the Past: Memories of a Hidden Child and of Creative Women during WWII" for the Jewish Community Center in Redondo Beach, California, and on 26 February, she did a video conference on "Reclaiming the Past: Memories of a Hidden Child in 1942" for an eighth-grade class in Portland, Oregon, at the invitation of Patricia Gilmore Sipowicz '85. 

Hung Cam Thai, associate professor of sociology and Asian American studies, released a new book, Insufficient Funds: The Culture of Money in Low-Wage Transnational Families (Stanford University Press, 2014). Thai gave an invited lecture in March at the University of Warsaw on the topic of “Spending:  The Cascade Effects of Migrant Money on Consumption Aspirations in Contemporary Vietnam.”